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It Really Is the Small Things That Count

T had a gig last night at a ‘listening’ venue — not some restaurant where the music is meant to be heard in the background and the the conversations are usually louder than the music – but a real listening venue.

Okay, let me take a moment of your time and define the difference between hearing and listening (all my students reading this better be able to define it!).

Hearing is a physiological process where sound waves are taken in and recognized by the eardrums. Listening is an active process where you become mindful, select, organize, interpret, respond, and remember information. You can ‘hear’ many things and not really ‘listen’ to them. Take for instance, you’re busy typing or reading something on the internet and your loved one in the other room is talking to you. You can ‘hear’ that they’re saying something, but you’re not listening to them (shame on you!) because you are not being mindful and choosing to organize in your mind what they are saying so that you can respond to them and remember what they’ve said.

So, as I was saying before my typing was interrupted by a vagrant who tried to shimmy his way between our house and the neighbors fence to ‘take a drink’ and then insulted me and called me m’am . Where’s a good watch dog when you need one??? Pit bulls are vicious my a#@! Bella didn’t even give a bark… okay, where was I? Oh yes….

Terrence played a listening venue last night in Berkeley – Anna’s Jazz Island. And, as the guys were playing and taking turns with solos, people were clapping, not just at the end of each song, but AFTER EACH SOLO! I leaned over to a friend and whispered, “You know, it’s the small things that count; it’s just nice to hear people clap after a solo without me having to start the clapping and to know people are really listening and enjoying the music”. 🙂

If you want to ‘listen’ and enjoy the music, check out www.terrencebrewer.com or come to an upcoming gig — there’s lot’s of ’em! — Most notably his CD release party at Jazz at Pearls in SF on Thursday, June 1st. www.jazzatpearls.com

Musical Musings – April 2006

*April 10th marked a significant date for Terrence – he returned to LMC as the featured guitarist for the college’s music recital – a real thrill for him, especially since his mom and grandmother were in the audience.

*Had a fantastic birthday thanks to my husband (Friday @ The Commodore Yachts [we were actually on Bay Area Bargains on KRON 4, The Purple Onion – How We First Met), my girlfriends (Saturday @ Cha Cha Cha, Amnesia, and the Metronome), and my mom and aunt (Sunday @ Horatio’s & Chevy’s… ooooey goooey….yum!). I definitely celebrated 35 in style!

*And tonight… Terrence had his first on-air interview at KPFA a local station out of Berkeley. Greg Bridges of KPFA and KCSM interviewed T and gave him the highest compliment saying that off his new CD’s The Calling: Volume One and Volume Two would be new jazz Standards — totally awesome compliment!

In case you missed the interview, you can log onto www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=13777 and then click Play Stream.

If that doesn’t work follow these steps:

log onto www.kpfa.org
Click on Programs (upper left)
Scroll down until you see in the far left column a link for Transitions on Traditions – click it
Then click on the link that comes up in the next page
Then click on the archives for Monday, April 24th
Then click on Play Stream

Once the program has loaded you can ‘fast forward’ to one hour into the program and shortly thereafter you’ll hear Terrence! The entire interview is about 45 minutes and has some talking, songs from the CD’s, as well as Terrence playing live solo guitar!

Stay tuned for more musical musings